Welcome to PWS' Return to Campus Plan page. Here you will find updates as we continue to plan for a safe learning environment on our campuses for our students. At the bottom of the page you will find links to public health organizations and resources for parents.
Please watch this message about the PWS Return to Campus Plan from PWS Pedagogical Administrator Erin Semin
- To create as safe and stable a learning environment for each student and employee as we possibly can
- To create daily and weekly schedules that are thoughtful and supportive for students, families and teachers
- To work creatively with our content and learning goals, collaborating more than ever before, and use the lessons we learned from our first experience of Beyond the Classroom Learning to inform strategies and lessons
Our priority for on-campus instruction is to safely work with as many students on campus as we can at any given time. We know that our EC students and youngest grades are best served with more in-person instruction and less remote instruction and we are looking at ways to maximize that while keeping everyone safe.
We are calculating room capacities, determining how we can move groups around the campus safely and how we can create teams of teachers to best support each class in case we have to reduce group sizes, alter schedules or restrict teacher movement between groups.
As we open summer care for a limited number of EC students in June we are evaluating the new health check and campus sanitizing protocols which will hopefully allow us to proceed to opening summer camp for grades students in the month of July and for classes to resume in the fall.
- Strict adherence to sick policy and healthy hygiene practices for everyone on campus
- Students and employees are advised to stay home if they have a fever or are experiencing other COVID-19 symptoms
- Health checks will occur for students and employees daily upon arrival and if there are any symptoms, they will be sent home
- Handwashing occurs upon arrival, before and after eating, after blowing nose, anytime hands are dirty
- Masks/face coverings will be worn as advised by public health
- Diligent cleaning protocols including disinfection and increased air ﬂow indoors
- Clean tables before and after eating
- Wipe down equipment and materials after use
- Deep clean surfaces and areas used each day
- Revised drop oﬀ and pick up procedures to support distancing
- Restrict non-essential visitors on campus, including parents
- Maintain consistent cohorts throughout the day; restrict mixing between groups
- Increased time outside for all students
- Continue use of remote meetings for parents and employees
- No large gatherings, including student assemblies and performances
- No school-provided food
Class size, student groupings, program hours, class schedules and teacher assignments will be refined as we know more about the guidelines and requirements. Our plans are based on what we have learned about serving our students at each developmental level within this period of restrictions. Multiple scenarios are being considered (all students on campus, some students on campus, remote learning, a hybrid of on campus and remote learning) based on what could potentially occur between now and the beginning of school.
The buildings and grounds are being maintained and improved to accommodate heightened health and safety protocols. Cleaning and disinfecting along with emergency supplies and procedures are being reviewed and updated to ensure they are in alignment with the Federal, State and County guidelines. Technology will be evaluated to prepare the school to deliver teaching and communication for all learning scenarios.
We are examining how to best support the health and well-being of PWS employees as they return to campus. There may be new tasks to accomplish, a reprioritizing of responsibilities and cross training of essential functions to meet the safety and health protocols. We will be evaluating work schedules, workforce policies and remote working guidelines.
Our plans are now focused on how to maintain financial stability and sustainability during this unprecedented time. At present, thanks to the hard work and support of our outstanding school community, the 2019-20 fiscal year is projected to be at or near budget, despite the many financial challenges of recent months. The 2020-21 budget is being reevaluated based on the assumption of further, ongoing challenges, including increased operations costs and potentially lower enrollment. Conversations with lenders and bankers are in process to ensure financial support is available if the school requires it.
As school plans evolve, policies and procedures are established, and new guidelines are provided from government authorities, we will communicate with both with the authorities and with the PWS parent body. Admissions work continues with recruiting, interviewing and accepting students, using newly established virtual tours and communications. Just as the PWS spring event has transitioned to a Livestream event, the Development Office will be planning and adapting more school events based on what is possible during the 2020-21 school year.
PWS Communication Messages
Please visit the Parent Portal and click on the Parent Resources tab at the top of the page for an archive of COVID-19 and Beyond the Classroom school communications
- California Waives Costs Associated with Coronavirus Testing
- LA Dept of Public Health Guidance for Parents of Young Children
- Home Care Instructions for Patients with Mild Respiratory Infection
- Johns Hopkins Hand Washing Video
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Toolkit
- NY Times: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- APA: How to talk to children about difficult news
- Time: How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Explaining the News to Our Kids